How Often Should You Change Your Engine Air Filter?

Mechanic holding up an Engine Air Filter


It is important to keep up with your Kia maintenance schedule if you want to ensure your vehicle is operating at peak performance on the roads of Corona and Fontana. This includes replacing your Kia air filter. How often should you change your engine air filter? Most automakers recommend installing a new air filter every 30,000 to 45,000 miles

We recommend consulting your owner’s manual to see if the automaker has provided different recommendations for your make and model. Let’s take a look at the purpose of your Kia air filter and why replacing it on a regular basis is so important. 

What is the Purpose of My Kia Air Filter?

Your Kia air filter was designed to prevent dirt, dust, sand, and other contaminants from getting inside the engine. As these contaminants build up over time, your Kia air filter becomes less effective. This can actually have a negative impact on your vehicle’s performance around San Bernardino. If you’ve noticed any of the following warning signs, it is likely time for Kia service to replace the engine air filter. 

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Misfiring spark plugs
  • Black smoke from the exhaust
  • Service engine light is illuminated

When your Kia air filter is clogged, your vehicle will also not perform at peak efficiency on Riverside streets. 

When Do I Replace My Kia Air Filter? 

How often should you change your engine air filter? As mentioned above, most vehicles can go between 30,000 to 45,000 miles before replacing the engine air filter. However, if you frequently drive on dirt or gravel roads, or in heavy traffic on hot days, it is best to change your Kia air filter more often. 

With most Kia cars, the engine air filter is easy to access. Because of this, you may want to inspect it on a regular basis. If you are the DIY Kia service type, it is easy to replace the filter right at home. All you have to do is open the air filter compartment, remove the old filter, and put a new one in place. 

Turn to Riverside Kia for More Kia Service Tips 

If you would rather have your Kia air filter replaced by a professional, set up an appointment at Riverside Kia. You can also contact us for more information or check out our guides to proper Kia maintenance.

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